One of the worst habits that affect your teeth and dental implants is smoking. Smoking has its influence on general as well as oral health of an individual. Tobacco negatively affects the outcome of almost all therapeutic procedures performed in the oral cavity. The failure rate of implant osseointegration is considerably higher among smokers, and maintenance of oral hygiene around the implants and the risk of peri-implantitis are adversely affected by smoking.
This is why when smokers come to us looking for dental implants in Cancun we are very clear and straight-forward about the steps they need to take to make sure the implants have the best chance for full integration.
But why does smoking affect dental implants?
The absorption of nicotine into the bloodstreams causes vasoconstriction, which is the narrowing of the blood vessels resulting from contraction of the muscular wall of the vessels, in particular the large arteries and small arterioles. Additionally, bone loss around dental implants is much more pronounced in the maxilla of smokers. In certain study patients with the combination of smoking and poor oral hygiene had about three times greater bone loss after 10 years than nonsmokers. This could mean you might need a bone graft to improve the receiving bone density but smoking could affect the bone graft success.
Our dentists in Cancun usually recommend stopping smoking as soon as possible. In short, failure rate of implants is higher in smokers compared to nonsmokers and is directly proportional to tobacco use. Even if you are not planning on getting dental implants, smoking is related to several other oral complications, like:
- Tooth discoloration
- Bad Breath
- Increased build up of plaque
- Bone loss
- Risk of gum disease
- Risk of oral cancer
We are the leading dentists in Mexico on Dental Implants. The American Academy of Implant Dentistry has trained American and Canadian Dentists at our facilities on the Live Implant Maxicourse in Cancun. If you want to know more about our services call toll free from USA and Canada 1-800-701-6039, or if you are already on vacation in Cancun and want to meet us, you can call us for an appointment at the following local number (998) 1-40-51-25.